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Gerhard Kschwendt
Vice President, Business Excellence and Corporate Strategy
New York, New York
Gerhard Kschwendt joined Alcoa in February 2012 as leader of the Business Excellence/Corporate Strategy (BC) group.  This resource unit is composed of the BC Projects, Growth & Market Strategy and Corporate Quality teams.  Gerhard is also a member of the Alcoa Executive Council, the senior leadership group that sets corporate strategic direction.
Gerhard has more than 15 years of business experience in business management, strategic planning, management consulting and process innovation at consumer goods and industrial companies. Most recently he led a highly successful $200-million service business at Siemens Medical based in Cary, North Carolina.  While at Siemens, he also served as a consultant at Siemens Management Consulting in Munich, then later as Program Director, US Service Initiative, Strategic Planning for Siemens in New York.  In this role, he worked with Siemens Operating Companies to drive best practice sharing and identify growth opportunities.
Gerhard holds an MBA in Finance from Cornell University. He obtained a masters degree in mechanical engineering in 1992 from Universitat Kaiserslautern in Germany.  He speaks fluent German, English and French.